Marston Vale Pedestrian (& Cycle) Trail

The Marston Vale Cycle/Pedestrians Trail

You can explore the 250 hectares of woodland, wetland and grassland on foot, by bike or on horseback at the Millennium Country Park. We have created a network of trails for walkers and cyclists which winds its way around the Country Park and a circular horse trail around the southern part of the Country Park.

The Cycle/Pedestrian trail is one of the three walking routes shown on the Country Park Map.

How To Get There by Passenger Transport

BY BUS: The Forest of Marston Vale is on the bus routes between Bedford, Woburn and Milton Keynes. Telephone Bedfordshire Bus Information Line : 01234 228337, 8.30am – 5pm open 5 days a week or Travel Line 0870 6082608.
BY TRAIN – Stewartby Railway Station, on the Bedford to London Thameslink line, is less than 1 mile from The Forest of Marston Vale. There are no trains on Sundays. For timetable information, please telephone National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950.
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How to Get There by Car

Approximately 4 miles North East from junction 13 of the M1 or from Bedford follow signs for The Forest of Marston Vale from the A421 through Marston Moretaine. The forest is situated between Marston Moretaine and Stewartby

Start/Finish Point

The complete route is a circular walk starting at The Forest Centre at The Forest of Marston Vale - Grid Ref TL005416.
There are no route instructions for this walk- just follow the trail as shown on the map.

Access and General Information

Distance: 5 miles
Access Information
Surface Types: You can expect to walk across a hard but variable surface with loose, variable sized stones.
Linear Gradient: There is a very short section near the north east corner of Stewartby Lake that has a 1:10 - 1:13 linear gradient. The remainder of the walk has a 1:18 gradient.
Cross Falls: There is a large range of cross falls; from 1:9 or steeper down to 1:26 or less. The steepest section is 1:6 which is near the north east corner of Stewartby Lake, the width of the path is also reduced to 800mm.
Width Restriction: None recorded
Steps: None recorded.
Barriers: There are 7 kissing gates that have a width restriction of between 1000mm and 1500mm.
Refreshments: The Forest Centre has a café bar where you can purchase family meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks.
Public Toilets: At the Forest Centre
Picnic Tables: There is 3 picnic table along the route.
Seats: There are 19 seats at regular intervals, with additional seating in the sensory garden.


This leaflet was produced by the Forest of Marston Vale which is one of 12 Community Forests throughout England working to improve the countryside around our towns and cities.
In the past, some of the land in this area was unused or damaged and there were very few trees. Look around you to see how much has changed.
Working closely in partnership with other organisations and the local community we are working to create and protect 61 square miles of well-wooded landscape within which existing farmland, new and ancient woodlands can thrive.
Our aim is to increase woodland cover to 30 per cent over the next 30 years by planting a mixture ofbroadleaved trees like oak and ash. So far, we have planted over half a million trees.
We have also created approximately 40 hectares of new grassland habitat and 16 hectares of reedbeds in the new Millennium Country Park.
Working with local landowners, we are also improving and managing hedgerows, ponds, and field margins.